By the time Harold Perkins Jr. was 7, his mother sat him down and taught him how to be his own man. Bertha Walton left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and resettled her family in Houston. She worked late-night shifts as a certified nursing assistant, meaning she was rarely home when the youngest of her four kids got home from school.
So Perkins had to do things on his own, things for his entire family. He cleaned the house and did laundry and cooked meals. He got good at it, too, making a gumbo befitting his Louisiana roots and learning his way around a grill. He’d run the bath water for his mother so it would be ready after a long day.
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